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killed and 99 wounded. The Weasel had the good
fortune not to have a man hurt, either in her 40
castle, the Victorious appears to have mounted 18
Remarks on the action.
carronades, 32-pounders, and two long 18-pounders, and on her poop six 18-pounder carronades; total 82 guns. The Rivoli, on her first and second decks, was armed exactly the same as the french 74 in the little table at p. 78 of the first volume, and appears to have mounted on her quarterdeck and forecastle 12 long 8-pounders and eight iron carronades, 36-pounders; total 80 guns, all of french caliber.
COMPARATIVE FORCE OF THE combATANTs.
Broadside-guns • * * * * * - - - - No. I wo I o:
This may be considered as at least an equal match; for the slight overplus that appears in the righthand set of figures is amply compensated by the 1813. ineffective state of the Rivoli's crew. These had so. but just quitted port for the first time since they had assembled; and yet they fought their ship most bravely, as the length of the action, coupled with their severe loss, testifies, and far from unskilfully, as the loss sustained by their antagonist clearly demonstrates. The Rivoli's commander had the good fortune to be captured by an officer, who could fully appreciate merit in an enemy; and accordingly captain Talbot, in his official letter, expresses himself thus: “I feel great satisfaction in saying, that the conduct of commodore Barré, during the whole of the action, convinced me I had to deal with a most gallant and brave man, and in the manoeuvring of his ship a most experienced and skilful officer. He did not surrender his ship until nearly two hours after she was rendered unmanageable, and had 400 killed or wounded, &c.” Placed under the charge of lieutenants Edward Whyte and John Townshend Coffin, the Rivoli was conducted by the Victorious to Port St.-George, island of Lissa; where both ships arrived on the 1st of March. The Rivoli was afterwards added to the british navy, and captain Talbot, at a subsequent ‘. day, was knighted for his gallantry in capturing. her. Lieutenant Peake also received the promotion, ...” which was due to him upon the occasion; and, in the month of September, captain Andrew, of the Weasel, obtained his reward in a post-captain's commission. On the 16th of April the british 18-gun brig-sloop. Pilot, captain John Toup Nicolas, observing nine #" coasting vessels hauled up on the beach under the ...” town of Policastro near Cape Palinuro, anchored close poli. to the shore, and opened her fire, in order to drive * away any armed force collected for their protection. Captain Nicolas then detached the boats, with a party of seamen and the marines, under the orders of lieutenant Alexander Campbell, assisted by WOL. VI. H merchant vessels were brought off; but, during the \o endeavours to get off the privateer, two men were April, killed and four wounded by the fire of the enemy on the shore; who also succeeded in extinguishing the fire which had been put to the brig. On the same day the boats of the Undaunted, #. along with those of the 38-gun frigate Volontaire, tal. Captain Charles Bullen, and 18-gun ship-sloop o: Blossom, captain William Stewart, placed under a con: the orders of lieutenant John Eagar of the Un-o." daunted, attacked a french convoy of 26 vessels o at anchor near the mouth of the Rhone, brought out . seven, burnt 12, including a national schooner of four guns and 74 men, and left two stranded on the beach. This spirited and important service was performed without any loss, the boats having been ably covered and protected by the fire of the Blossom. On the 9th of May the british 74-gun, ships * America and Leviathan, captains Josias Rowley . and Patrick Campbell, and 18-gun brig-sloop Eclair, . captain John i. fell in with a french convoy i.e. a of 18 deeply laden vessels, which took shelter under.” the town and batteries of Languelia. The two incaptains concurring in opinion as to the practicability guelia. of bringing out or destroying the vessels by getting o, possession of the batteries, the marines of both ships, innis about 250 in number, were, at daybreak on the 10th, ... landed to execute the service, under the orders of take captains Henry Rea of the America, and John'." Owen of the Leviathan, assisted by lieutenants John Nearne, William Beddeck Cock, Paul Kyffin Carden, and John George Hill. Unfortunately the landing was not effected without an accident of a very Serious serious nature. The yawl of the America was sunk . by a chance shot from the only gun that could bear o: on the boats; and, before assistance could be afforded, ... 10 marines and one seaman were drowned. A party, under captain, Owen, was detached to 3.
1812, acting master Roger Langlands. Through the
1812, eastward; which he performed in a very spirited M. and judicious manner, the french officer who comone manded falling in the attack. The main body of .*y the marines, in the mean time, rapidly advancing captain through a severe fire of grape, carried the battery .* adjoining the town of Languelia, consisting of four 24 and 18 pounders and one mortar, although protected by a strong body of the enemy posted in the wood and in several contiguous buildings; upon the latter of which the guns of the battery were immediately turned with much effect. Boats . The french troops were now driven from the #. houses lining the beach by the fire of the Eclair, i., who had swept in for the purpose. The boats of the i." squadron, under lieutenant William Richardson, as‘.... sisted bylieutenants Bouchier Molesworth and Robert Moodie of the America, and Alexander Dobbs and Richard Hambly of the Leviathan, also by master's mate John Harvey, and several other young officers not named in the despatch, then proceeded to bring out the vessels. These were secured by various contrivances to the houses and beach, and the sails and rudders of most of them removed on shore. After considerable exertions, 16 laden settees were towed off, another was burnt in the harbour by the boats, and a second, making the 18th, was too much damaged by shot to be got afloat. The marines of the squadron were reembarked in the most perfect order, under cover of the fire of the Eclair, the only vessel enabled by the light and baffling winds to get close enough to act. This was accomplished without molestation from the french troops on the spot, although a strong party was advancing from the town of Allassio to reinforce them. Loss Exclusive of the heavy loss sustained at the onset on the - e - e ji of this dashing enterprise, one sergeant of marines, * three privates, and one seaman were killed, and 18 marines and two seamen wounded; total killed and drowned 16, wounded 20.
Another french convoy, of 18 square and lateen